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Oct. 31, 2011

 News from APMA

Take on diabetes and 'Knock Your Socks Off' this November!
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The temperature is dropping fast, but APMA is heating up this November with the 2011 "Knock Your Socks Off" diabetes awareness campaign. Over the next month you will see a Latin vibe taking center stage on, in APMA publications and interwoven into APMA's social media channels. That's because the target audience for this year's campaign is Hispanic women ages 35–55. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than one out of every 10 Hispanic Americans has been diagnosed with diabetes and the ethnicity overall is at an increased risk of developing the disease. "Knock Your Socks Off" aims to educate this community about diabetes and the role today's podiatrist plays in successfully managing the disease. More


APMA's ACO Task Force final report approved
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This past weekend, the APMA Board of Trustees voted to approve the final report of APMA's Accountable Care Organization Task Force. As indicated in previous News Briefs, APMA created a special ACO Task Force at the direction of the House of Delegates to assist its members in understanding the ACO model and to provide guidance and communication related to ACO-related strategy. As the report points out, podiatrists are included as "ACO Participants" and have access to share in the potential savings (and losses) stemming from participation. More

October issue of APMA News is online!
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Have you visited the digital edition of APMA News? Among other articles, don't miss Patient 'Prenups'. Is it a wise idea to ask patients to sign an agreement promising not to file a frivolous lawsuit? William F. Munsey, DPM, shares his advice in Insurance Advisor. More

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 Health Care in the News

Rashlike pigmentation on the foot    Share    Share on
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Certain rashlike pigmentations on the foot are merely aesthetic concerns and pose no particular health risks. Other types of pigmentations or rashes are serious and need immediate medical attention. Do not attempt self-diagnosis for any type of skin rash or unusual pigmentation. More


Diabetes: Tips for daily foot care
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If you have diabetes, it's essential to make foot care part of your daily self-care routine. That's because "people can develop complications before they realize they even have a problem," says Bresta Miranda-Palma, MD, a professor with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. "I've seen people walk on a nail for weeks until infection has developed."

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications.

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Football cleats for injury prone players    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wearing cleats that are long and irregular may increase your chances of injuring your anterior cruciate ligament in the inside of your knee, according to a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine in March 1996. This is just one way that wearing the wrong shoes can increase your chances of injury. Choose a cleat that is best for the position that you play and for the type of injuries you typically sustain.

Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

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PAL Launches Platinum Trim Gauntlet
The Platinum Trim Gauntlet is a slender, less rigid alternative to the standard Platinum Gauntlet, providing a more comfortable fit for any patient who is moderately-to-highly active. The Trim is ideal for patients with chronic ankle sprains, PTTD or arthritis. The Trim provides the perfect fit, for everyone, every day

 What Your Patients Are Reading

Tips to help your child have strong and healthy feet
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Feet seem simple on the surface but are actually very complex. Each foot has 26 bones (a quarter of all the bones in the body), 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. According to the BC Association of Podiatrists, the average person takes about 8,000 steps a day. That's nearly 300,000 kilometres over a lifetime — enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.

Editor's note: Share APMA's Children's Foot Health brochure with your patients.

A tall tale, but true: Men in heels
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On a recent summer evening at Mr. Black, a dance party held every Tuesday at Bardot in New York City, Sean Wagner was towering above the crowd. Mr. Wagner, 23, is tall even in socks (6-foot-2), but that night he had some extra help. On his Size 11 feet were a pair of eight-inch bright neon green lace-up stiletto ankle boots, procured from the Ladies Studio Exotic Shoes on Hollywood Boulevard. He jokingly dubbed them "my usual hiking shoes." More

The Orthotic Revolution!

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How can I get my doctor to help me take care of my feet?
Diabetes Self-Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This list of tips was developed by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. To order publications from the clearinghouse, including the booklet "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy," log on to More

Riding boots kick up the fashion quotient
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Riding boots have gone mainstream. Women wear them everywhere. "Riding boots are definitely not only for people who ride horses," says Kate Dimmock, People Style Watch fashion director. "They are such a classic wardrobe essential to have in your closet. You see lots of celebrities wearing them, and now you can find them at more affordable prices."

Editor's note: Share APMA's Boot-buying tip sheet with your patients.




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Stories from sources other than APMA do not necessarily reflect APMA positions or policies. APMA does not endorse these stories. This content appears in the News Brief to enhance members' understanding of how media coverage shapes perceptions of podiatric medicine, and to educate members about what their patients, legislators and other health care professionals are seeing in the media.
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